EU researchers to study effect of recession on migration and mobility

Published:  28 May at 6 PM
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Researchers from four European universities are set to analyse the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession on mobility and migration in the EU.

Since the economic crisis hit, Ireland and Southern European countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy have endured austerity measures and unemployment at record levels. During the last five years, a huge number of nationals of the affected countries have migrated to various destinations worldwide in an attempt to get jobs and improve their quality of life.

The study will attempt to determine when, where and why people are going and the effect the extraordinary rush to leave will have on the EU as a whole and Ireland and Southern Europe in particular. The employment crisis has hit the young hardest, with graduates unable to find work and career paths for middle-level professionals stalled or non-existent.

The survey, undertaken by Dublin’s Trinity College, Madrid’s Elcano Royal Institute, Florence’s European University and Lisbon’s Technical University, will take place online and run until 20 July. It will be presented in English, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese, and the initial data analysis is set to be published in October.
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